July 15, 2016
Inauguration of ORR, Hyderabad
Hyderabad, July 15, 2016: Two packages of the Hyderabad Outer Ring Road (ORR) between Shamirpet to Ghatkesar being implemented through Official Development Assistance (ODA) from JICA were inaugurated by the Government of Telangana today. Construction of main carriageway for the entire ORR is now completed and has been thrown open to traffic. The Ring Road, which has been eagerly awaited for, would improve connectivity and help decongest the city by diverting traffic away from the core area, promoting industrial vitalization and livelihood improvement.
Out of its total length (approx.160 km) nearly 71 km, the northern arc between Patancheru and Pedda Amberpet, has been constructed through JICA ODA loan amounting to 83.9 Billion Japanese Yen (approx. INR 5,572 crore) in two phases. The loans also cover construction of 10 radial roads that provide efficient connectivity between the ORR and inner ring road, installation of Intelligent Transport System (ITS), toll plazas, toll administrative buildings etc., and associated consultancy services where Nippon Koei has been providing Japan's high quality assistance.
The project is being implemented by the Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited (HGCL), a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).
The function was organized by HMDA and was attended by Hon'able Minister of Municipal Administration & Urban Development, Government of Telangana, Mr. K.T. Rama Rao, Mr. M G Gopal, Special Chief Secretary, Municipal Administration & Urban Development Department (MAUD); Mr. T. Chiranjeevulu, Metropolitan Commissioner (MC), HMDA; Ms. Sweta Mohanty, Managing Director/ Project Director (ORR), HGCL; Mr. Kiyoshi Furuhashi, Counsellor (Economic), Embassy of Japan; Mr. Sanjeev Moholkar, Additional Chief Development Specialist and Ms. Momoko Furuhashi, Representative, JICA India Office.
Mr. Takema Sakamoto, Chief Representative, JICA India said, "The ORR will assist in diverting the non-destined traffic in Hyderabad, thereby promoting regional economic development and improving the urban environment through mitigation of traffic jams and decrease of pollution caused by increasing vehicles in urban area. I am delighted that Japan's experience and knowledge contributed to such high quality infrastructure".
Through its grant based technical assistance, JICA dispatched Japanese experts to develop an ITS master plan for the Hyderabad Metropolitan Area. Amongst the first in India, a closed type of toll collection system where users would pay toll for the actual distance travelled is being implemented. JICA is also funding the installation of Highway Traffic Management System (HTMS) and Toll Management System (TMS) that would ensure safe and efficient operations of the ORR. The loans also cover a pilot project for city ITS which would enable efficient movement of traffic within the congested city areas. A world class traffic control center is also under implementation.
JICA has assisted several projects for all-round development in Telangana. These include the Hussain Sagar Lake & Catchment Area Improvement Project, Transmission System Modernization and Strengthening project in Hyderabad Metropolitan Area, Andhra Pradesh Irrigation and Livelihood Improvement Project and the Campus Development Project of IIT Hyderabad.
JICA Funded Hyderabad Outer Ring Road
Established, by a specific law, as an independent administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to contribute to the promotion of international cooperation. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in forms of loan, grant and technical cooperation so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.